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Conversations with Brandi Stimpson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandi Stimpson.

Hi Brandi, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a local photographer and was focusing on how to get my husband into a normal position with normal hours on the railroad until we retire. He travels to Kansas City from Burlington. I’ve always made things for my home and others and can’t keep still in the evenings so I decided to open an Etsy shop to see if others might enjoy my makings!

During the pandemic 2020, the shop took off and I researched and learned as much as I could about online marketing, selling, etc. And it took off way further than I expected and my line is now in shops all across the US through wholesale and in many homes getting us to our goals of normal hours quicker. It’s so fun and this year, I’m retiring from Photography and spending all my time on this new business.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Etsy and Online shops are way more involved than I could have ever imagined. From learning the Etsy platform and the ins and outs of SEO. Learning how to share your art online thru social media, blogging & marketing has been a full-time job in itself. I still take every class I can get my hands on and learn something new every single day and I’m only two years in. It’s also a struggle of juggling life-work balance when you work from home. So I’m learning still! Although the support I get on Instagram helps fuel me along. www.instagram.com/simplystyledart

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I started with an Administrative career and in the Human Resources field most of my life but branched off into my passions. I’ve had a love of photography my whole life and opened my own studio 18 years ago. I specialized in newborn and family photography in our area. Then my evenings were consumed with making cute home decor so it became bigger than I had imagined and I could not do both businesses and still stay sane, so this year I am fully focusing on Simply Styled Art and it also allows my love of photography to shine through. I’m mostly known as a photographer in town but I’m proud of my new business and shop and it’s gaining traction every single day and watching it grow is so rewarding for me. I’d say what sets me apart is I can’t sit still very long. I love to create, set goals and work hard to build the life I want.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I’d say everyone in my life deserves credit for the support & cheerleading they give me from the sides. My office manager, my daughter, my friends and my granddaughter have helped me so much in keeping up with our demand and helping me grow the shop.

My entire life, I’ve loved all the mentors that create continuing education for me to study and learn and apply. I have had so many over the years but mainly one Etsy course I believe set me apart was the program from Fuzzy & Birch and I am forever thankful for that course. I attribute my success to all of these people and those that support entrepreneurs and small shops by shopping small and following and engaging in our social media.

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